The profession of teaching is challenging, and it is important that teachers take a few minutes to evaluate their work. Being a Reflective Teacher is a way for us to analyze and evaluate our own practices so we can focus on what works. It is a valuable process so we can make improvements in our teaching strategies where necessary. Perhaps the hardest part is coming up with the right questions to ask. Here are a few suggestions to get your started.
- Was the lesson too easy or too difficult for the students?
- Did the students understand what was being taught?
- Was there anything that happened that surprised you?
- What materials in the lesson worked/did not work in the lesson?
- Are there materials or resources that might work better next time?
- Did the materials keep the students engaged in the lesson?
- Were the students participating?
- Were my instructions clear?
- Was pacing of the lesson appropriate?
- Were students aware of classroom expectations?
- From 1-10 (10 being highest) how effective was the overall lesson?
- How could I make the lesson a 10 next time?
- Did the lesson assessment adequately reflect student learning?
- How was my overall delivery of the lesson?
- What part of the lesson were the kids most engaged/less engaged?
- Were students on task?
The result of self-reflection is to improve the way you teach. Why not take a few minutes each day to make a difference.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.